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Lufthansa Cancels Flights as Airport Security Strike

December 10, 2012

Deutsche Lufthansa AG (LHA) canceled 90 flights today as a strike by airport security guards in Germany added to disruptions caused by winter weather.

The Ver.di union called for employees of private security services at airports in Frankfurt, Berlin and Dusseldorf to join warning strikes from early morning until midday, the labor union said in e-mailed statements. Ver.di is demanding longer working contracts and shorter shifts.

The strikes added to cancellations caused by planes being grounded yesterday, when more than a quarter of the flights scheduled at Fraport AG’s Frankfurt airport were scrapped because of snowfall. Lufthansa canceled at least 258 flights, putting planes out of position for flights today, a spokeswoman for the airline in Frankfurt said.

Temperatures yesterday fell to as low as -20 degrees Celsius (-4 degrees Fahrenheit) in parts of Germany, according to the Deutscher Wetterdienst, which had predicted new snowfall of as much as 20 centimeters (8 inches).

“The reason for the strikes is the monthlong procrastination tactics” by the security industry association, the North Rhine-Westphalia branch of the union said. “After four rounds of negotiations for the 15,000 airport workers, there is still no real comprehensive solution for a collective wage agreement.”

Walkouts were staged at a total of 10 airports, including Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Bremen, Hamburg, Hanover, Cologne-Bonn and Stuttgart. The work stoppage started at 4 a.m. and is scheduled to last until midday at some sites.

The strike by security staff caused minor delays and two cancellations at Air Berlin, a spokesman for the carrier said today by phone.

To contact the reporters on this story: Alex Webb in Frankfurt at awebb25@bloomberg.net; Chris Reiter in Berlin at creiter2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Chad Thomas at cthomas16@bloomberg.net


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